Feb 26, 2013 9:00am EST
drones to a green fleet, i expect similar policies to continue for my former colleague chuck hagel to be confirmed, hopefully as early as next week. for all these reasons i have long been a supporter of renewable fuels, and i encourage the further development of an industry that is important, both to our national security as well as to our farm economy. whether we're talking food or water or energy security, let me put it this way. in the future, more crops in the field can mean fewer soldiers in the field. at the same time, as important as our defense capabilities are, we also need to rebalance for the other free d's. the u.s. today spends more on defense than on diplomacy, democracy and developments all put together. meanwhile, in the past year, china has more than doubled its investment in developing new agricultural technologies. those are the kinds of farsighted policies that are enabling china to emerge as a world power, in which we, frankly, need to get back to. as we shift our focus and our resources towards smarter, more constructive forms of international interaction, it'
Feb 26, 2013 12:00pm EST
. and that is what we will be voting on now. later on, there will be a vote on whether to confirm senator hagel. the vote now is whether to bring this debate to an end. i hope we will so we can get on to the nomination vote. i yield the floor. i think it's noon and time for a vote. the presiding officer: the senator's time has expired. the senator from oklahoma has 30 seconds remaining. the senator from oklahoma. mr. inhofe: let me say that we -- everything has been said, not everyone has said it. however, i would like to make sure that everyone understands that the actual statements that were made by the former senator hagel in terms of the relationship of our country with israel and iran prior to the time that he was nominated, because many of those statements were changed at that time. i encourage the no vote on cloture. the presiding officer: the time is expired. under the previous order, the clerk will report the motion to invoke cloture. the clerk: cloture motion, we the undersigned senators in accordance with the provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules of the senate hereby move to br
Feb 26, 2013 5:00pm EST
on senator hagel and it and is scheduled to vote this afternoon. what is the plan for his first days in office and what is your goal in terms of making him fully in charge and able to do congress after this confirmation? >> the steps post confirmation should have been to come as early as this afternoon are still to be announced. we certainly don't want to say anything in dance, but if confirmed, senator hagel has signaled a very strong commitment right away to get down to business, to get invested in the work at the pentagon and its military and civilian workers. he has been a great deal of time over several weeks getting briefed on the work i had and i think i can prematurely speak for him to some extent in saying that he is looking forward to leaving the man in a minute this department if confirmed. his goal is to look to the future and secretary panetta believes he will be outstanding. >> can he still be affect it with congress? >> absolutely. i think senator hagel is someone who has spent much of his life in the halls of the united states congress. he understands the importance o